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Teachers' forum boycotts mass casual leave

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
By Tanishka Sodhi

90 per cent of teachers in state took casual leave to press for demands, but National Forum for Quality Education boycotts the move, calls it a pretense to do illegal things

In light of the casual mass leave taken by teachers all over Maharashtra yesterday, the National Forum for Quality Education has not only boycotted the movement, but also called it a fake pretense.

Around 90 per cent of college and university teachers did not report to their respective colleges yesterday, to press for their demands, the call for which was given by the Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers' Organisation (MFUCTO) and it's city counterpart, Bombay University and College Teachers' Union (BUCTO).

Kushal Mude, Joint Secretory of the National Forum for Quality Education, called the demands pushed by MUFTO unreasonable, and said, “In the name of teachers, the members of the organisation are pushing for illegal issues. This is a pretense. These demands are only showcase and lucrative but their genuine demands will be per taining to exemption of NET/SET qualification. Although we are for the implementation of 7th pay revision, it should only be done for teachers who are qualified and have cleared their NET/SET.”

According to the National Forum for Quality Education, which has over 5,000 teachers as members, there are over 15,000 unemployed NET/SET teachers in Maharashtra, and around 8 lakh teachers all over India. In a letter addressed to Vinod Tawde, the Education Minister of Maharashtra, the members of the forum clarified that they were not a part of the jail bharo/mass casual leave call given by MUFTO, but had their own 'legit and reasonable' charter of demands they wanted addressed, that would benefit the unemployed NET/SET qualified teachers.

One such demand read, 'Immediate implement 7th pay revision for the teachers in Maharashtra but restrict this implementation only to lawfully appointed and all NET/SET teachers. (at the time of 6th pay commission this lawfully appointed word omitted by the pressure of such unions with nexus with some corrupt officials in the dept of higher education)'.

When contacted, Madhu Paranjpe, secretary of the Bombay University and College Teachers' Union said that she had not heard of the group. “All our demands are reasonable and for the benefit of teachers,” she said.

Meanwhile, around 96 per cent of teachers in colleges affiliated to Mumbai University took part in the mass casual leave in Maharashtra yesterday, along with contractual teachers.

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